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Adolescent boys may be happier than girls

Boys will be boys, the saying goes, and that may actually be preferable, The New York Times reports. The World Health Organization (WHO) released data this week from an enormous study surveying more than 200,000 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old boys and girls across 42 European countries between 2013 and 2014. The study found that for the most part, boys reported a higher level of life satisfaction than girls, and the disparity got worse with age. At age 11, boys and girls were about even, with 89% of both genders reporting high life satisfaction. But by age 15, only 79% of the girls reported satisfaction, versus 87% of the boys. The WHO data, which also investigated health behaviors like tooth brushing (girls say they brush more) and sexual activity (boys say they have sex more), emphasize the need to address the unique challenges faced by young girls.